LAKEWOOD — Late into the chilly, moist afternoon Friday, Lyons’ Logan Kuskie stared down a stopboard on the finish of a now fully lonely observe. The reigning Class 2A ladies pole vaulting champion had already topped Abigail Shay of Wray. The opposite occasions at Jeffco Stadium had been over and the rain had evacuated all however her, her coach, teammates and household together with a handful of CHSAA officers.
Kuskie’s mark of 10-feet, 10-inches secured the. However she needed extra. She needed the 2A state meet report, 11-9.75.
There was extra to it for Kuskie than that nice distinguished “R” subsequent to her title, or bragging rights over her spectating older sister, Brenna, who twice gained state at Lyons as a pole vaulter and now competes at UCCS. This was the youthful Kuskie pushing herself previous what she thought was attainable.
“I cherish what I’m given and I don’t concentrate on what I fall wanting,” Kuskie stated. “I concentrate on what I do have and never what I want I’d have carried out; I feel that’s the one manner to achieve success and my sister has helped my progress, mentally, there.” win
Kuskie’s first two makes an attempt on the report weren’t significantly shut. The three minutes she obtained between makes an attempt had been rushed by the groans of soaked spectators on the finish of a 10-hour day scarred by lightning.
Her third strive? Lyons head observe and discipline coach Mark Roberts started encouraging her. “You’ve obtained this, you’ve obtained this,” which shortly modified to a delighted shout of, “she’s obtained this! She’s obtained this!” As Kuskie strode towards her leap. Her launch put her above the bar. She did have it.
However she simply scraped it on her manner down. As her again landed on the smooth mat for what may’ve been a candy ending to her senior 12 months, so too did the bar on her face.
Kuskie’s state championship will retain the marvel of what may’ve been on a Friday she gained’t overlook — however she was a fortunate one. She obtained her title.
Most didn’t. Most at this weekend’s state meet who set private bests, impressed onlookers and pushed themselves tougher than they knew doable nonetheless fell wanting gold. However there’s in that, even when most opponents gained’t perceive till lengthy after they’ve hung up their spikes.
In all varsity sports activities, there’s a need to succeed. However the technique of acquiring that success, whether or not an athlete wins gold or fails to qualify for the very best stage, is what sports activities are about. These life classes — significantly the shortcomings —are actual and nowhere are they extra clear than within the tears of a senior who simply got here brief of their last occasion and can doubtless by no means compete in a significant manner once more.
The identical coach who was fist-pumping his pole vaulter on to what he known as the “Kuskie dynasty” was 12 hours later a human pillow for one in all her teammates. Kuskie regarded on from the stands as Roberts grew to become senior lengthy jumper Andrew Sales space’s shoulder to cry on. His observe and discipline profession doubtless got here to a detailed Saturday, not like Kuskie, who is about to vault at Minnesota State College-Mankato.
Roberts has been caught on this juxtaposition for 23 years as a coach. He’s seen his personal youngsters win 12 state titles mixed and lose a lot extra competitions than these dozen vibrant spots.
“It’s actually honorable to me to carry out for my group,” Kuskie stated. “I’m grateful for what I achieved in my profession, however it was an enormous success. However it was large success for my progress outdoors of sports activities as an individual, not essentially what I achieved on the sector.”
The state championships are remembered for the information. However it’s value remembering the hundreds of children throughout Colorado striving for gold who pushed themselves past their limits however nonetheless fell brief. For each winner on the meet, there’s tens of failures and lots of who didn’t even qualify. However that’s sports activities.
Kuskie was the very best there was this 12 months, even she fell wanting her objective.